Etappe 3 Über den Leyberg nach Ellscheid – 4 Tage in der Vulkaneifel
komoot planned a hike.
August 15, 2018
The third stage takes you up to Leyberg and further into Ellscheider Trockenmaar. At 558 meters, the Leyberg is not quite as high as the Ernstberg from the first stage, but there is a 28 meter high observation tower at the summit. If you climb that, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Vulkaneifel. The Ellscheider Trockenmaar was created in the same way as the Dauner Maarseen, but over time the water seeped away and the Maar silted up. The shape of the crater can still be seen well today.From Schalkenmehren the hiking trail leads you over the wall of the Schalkenmehrer Maares and on to the neighboring town of Mehren. There is a small supermarket here where you can refresh your supplies. You leave Mehren and then hike right under the highway. On the other hand, it goes up forest and field paths to Leyberg. At the summit is the “Vulcano Platform” observation tower. Unfortunately it is currently closed due to dilapidation.From Leyberg you walk steadily down through a dense forest. The path leads you through a small depression and then over a lightly forested mountain range along fields to the Ellscheider Trockenmaar. The Pulvermaar with its circular Maarsee lake is located directly south of it. However, you can only see the outer wall that separates the two maars. On the edge of the Trockenmaar you hike to the stage destination Ellscheid.In Ellscheid you can choose between different holiday apartments and inns. However, there is only a connection to Schalkenmehren outside school holidays and only on weekdays with buses 305 and 503. If you want to complete the tour as a day hike, you can either order a taxi or hike further to Schalkenmehren. The total distance then is around 26 kilometers. You will find the directions in the fourth stage.
August 1, 2018